Human Rights Day: need to translate words into action
Dec 10, 2017
As Human Rights Day is commemorated worldwide on 10 December, and anticipating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018, the UN in Ghana joins UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his call for words to be translated into action. This is an important date to commend the efforts of many stakeholders advancing the rights of Ghanaians who are most at risk of not having their human rights recognised and protected.
Business of the Environment Must be Everybody’s Business
Dec 8, 2017
Businesses should aim at reducing the negative impact of their activities on the environment. This was one of the key messages that emerged from a Green Business Forum organised by the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) and SNV Ghana. The forum, held within the context of the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) project, aimed to discuss the potential for green businesses in Ghana; determine the challenges they face; and explore the required interventions to address the challenges.
UN calls for concerted efforts to End Violence against Women and Girls
Dec 7, 2017
As the world observes 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2017, the United Nations in Ghana calls on governments, non-governmental organisations, religious and traditional leaders, communities and individuals to take individual and collective action against human rights abuse of women and girls. A world free from gender-based violence and from discrimination is paramount to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Multi-stakeholder Conference on SDGs explored opportunities for private sector and partnerships
Dec 1, 2017
On 30 November in Accra, a Multi-Stakeholder Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) explored “Opportunities in Sustainable Development through Strategic Partnerships”. It was organised upon the initiative of the CSOs Platform on the SDGs and Deloitte, under the auspices of the Office of the President, and in collaboration with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), and the UN in Ghana. A message by the President of Ghana, H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was delivered by his Special Advisor on the SDGs, Dr. Eugene Owusu.
UNFPA Regional Director commends Ghana, and pledges support for the Gender and Development Initiative for Africa
Nov 28, 2017
The Regional Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for West and Central Africa has commended the President of Ghana for launching the Gender and Development Initiative for Africa (GADIA). The launch ceremony took place on 14 November 2017, at the Accra International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana.
UN Migration Agency Appoints Ghanaian Rapper as Goodwill Ambassador to Promote Safe Migration
Nov 24, 2017
Ghanaian rapper and songwriter, Kofi Kinaata, has become IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s first Goodwill Ambassador to promote safe migration in Ghana. He will be supporting IOM’s advocacy and fundraising efforts, including educating young Ghanaians about the dangers associated with the journey across the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea to reach North Africa and Europe.
Surprising new results of the 2017 Ghana District League Table
Nov 23, 2017
The Tema Metropolitan Assembly is the highest ranking district in this year’s Ghana District League Table’s (DLT), returning to the top spot for a second year after being deposed of its premier slot by La Nkwantanang-Madina in 2016. This means that Tema has Ghana’s highest level of development - scoring the highest ever mark of 80 out of 100. The district with the lowest score of 50.6 out of 100 was Krachi East in the Volta Region.
Advocating for the SDGs through community outreach in the Eastern region
Nov 14, 2017
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are in year two of implementation. Despite efforts by all countries to own the SDGs, knowledge and awareness of the SDGs is yet to trickle down to the grassroot. The need of continued advocacy on the SDGs persists. To support bringing the SDGs to the people, UNIC Accra and UN Volunteers from UNICEF, UNDP, FAO, UNFPA and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office went to Mamfe Akwapim in the Eastern region of Ghana to share information about the SDGs with the general public.
IOM Ghana Holds Counter-Trafficking Workshops for Communities in Volta Region
Nov 10, 2017
IOM Ghana held a closing workshop (2/11) for its project: "Increasing Child Protection and Combatting Child Trafficking in 8 Districts of the Volta Region through Community Child Rights Education." Under this two-year project, supported by UNICEF, a toolkit on child protection and counter trafficking titled Free to Be Me was developed in 2013. The toolkit was distributed in 43 selected communities within eight districts of the Volta Region, with an additional six communities reached through the project’s pilot phase which began in November 2012.
IOM Ghana, Partners Hold Photo Exhibit on Migrants and Refugees
Nov 7, 2017
IOM, the UN Migration Agency, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the Embassy of Mexico recently partnered to hold a photo exhibit in Ghana, entitled "A Day in the Life of Migrants and Refugees", a subject of high interest in two countries whose citizens are among the planet’s most active migrants. The exhibit and its associated events were co-sponsored by IOM Ghana, UNHCR Ghana, the Embassy of Mexico in Ghana, the Nubuke Foundation, AMEXCID, and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.